Protein is the most abundant constituent in the human body besides water. It is largely responsible for the structure of body cells and is essential for growth and development. Amongst other functions, it makes up the structure of your hair, nails, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and is required for hormonal and enzymatic function.

Daily protein can be obtained from:

Animal sources – such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy foods, these are complete proteins, providing all the essential and non-essential amino acids your body needs.

Vegetarian sources – such as whole grains and legumes (great sources include chickpeas, lentils, quinoa, pepitas, chia seeds, soya beans, amaranth and even spirulina), generally these make up around a third of our daily protein intake. Unlike animal proteins, they provide both fibre and phytoestrogens.

On the downside, vegetable proteins are incomplete proteins – they don’t contain the full spectrum of amino acids. As a consequence, you need to consume a variety of plant-based proteins throughout the day in order to ensure all the amino acids are present in your diet and your body can make the best use of the protein you consume.

Author's Bio: 

Go Vita Tanunda health shop has been serving its community since 1974.

In the early days it was a one man operation until the 1990s when naturopath Peter Balogh established his consulting practice in the clinic of the business.

When the opportunity to buy the business arose, Pete instinctively knew he had to be the next owner – and only the third in its now, 40-plus year history.

Pete has always had an affinity for natural health, having a deep and abiding interest in alternative treatments from an early age.

Lee Teusner, Pete’s partner in life and in business has also spent many years developing her knowledge and an ongoing enthusiasm for natural health as a career and in her everyday life.

Together, Pete and Lee have built Go Vita Tanunda as the vehicle through which they can drive their common desire to help others achieve and maintain good health.

Their passion, energy and focused commitment gave them the foundation for building a business that is highly equipped to serve its community … and, with enthusiastic, equally passionate and knowledgeable staff is now so much more than the one man operation it began as.